The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics, thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

PostDoc in landscape ecology of intertidal seagrass habitats (m/f/d)


Embedded within the framework of the BMBF-funded research project sea4society-II and the Coastal Ecology section of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI), we seek an ambitious postdoctoral researcher (f/m/d) with expertise in tidal sedimentary environments, coastal vegetation, and biogeochemical processes. The work will focus on current carbon stocks, sequestration, and the expansion potential of intertidal seagrass ecosystems in the Wadden Sea, with a regional focus on field sites in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony.


  • The project is based on new field data and the core task of the appointment is to independently plan and conduct multi-day field campaigns in intertidal flat environments of the Wadden Sea, which include, e.g., the sampling short sediment cores, vegetation, and pore water.
  • An additional time-series of exchange processes (primarily GHG fluxes) will be established for field sites on Sylt.
  • The postdoc will conduct laboratory analyses of the obtained field samples, including grain-size, element and nutrient analyses, and interpret the data.
  • Contextualization of observations with other geospatial data, to inform an analysis of spatial patterns and trends.
  • Communication and dissemination of results.


  • PhD degree and work experience in Physical Geography, Landscape Ecology, or any other relevant discipline. Experience with field-based research will be advantageous.
  • Good command of relevant laboratory methods and software applications (such as Geographical Information Systems)
  • The ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment and compile data based on a range of methods.
  • Good organizational skills and a high level of research independence.
  • Fluency in English and very good communication skills. A working knowledge of German can be advantageous, but is not a prerequisite.
  • Valid driver's license (category B)

Further Information

For any questions you may have, you are very welcome to get in touch with Dr Lasse Sander (; +49(4651)956-4108) and Dr Svenja Reents (; +49(4651)956-4117).

This is a full-time position, limited to 27 months. It is also suitable for part-time employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13. The place of employment will be Sylt.

Postdocs have to register with AWI's postdoc office PROCEED, thereby gaining access to a set of tailor-made career development tools.

The AWI is characterized by

  • our scientific success - excellent research
  • collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary
  • opportunities to develop - on the job and towards other positions
  • an international environment - everyday contact with people from all over the world
  • flexible working hours and the possibility of mobile working up to 50% of regular working hours
  • health promotion and company fitness
  • support services and a culture of reconciling work and family
  • occupational pension provision (VBL)

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of employees who are women, and therefore, strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

Applicants with disabilities will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.

We look forward to your application!

Please submit your application by September 8th 2024, exclusively online.

Reference number: 24/95/D/Bio-b

posted: 09 July 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.